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Almost 10,300 trained at the Technical Training Center
In a bleak moment in the history of South Central Kentucky, the sudden closing of the Fruit of the Loom plant and subsequent 30% unemployment in the community, Campbellsville University stepped in to fill an intellectual and spiritual need, and the Technology Training Center (TTC) was created. Today, TTC is helping transform the South Central KY economy into a technology driven one.
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By Joan C. McKinney
News from Campbellsville University
The Technology Training Center at Campbellsville University was started as a response to the closure of the Fruit of the Loom plant in the late 1990s in Campbellsville.
Since establishment of the Tech Center, located at 409 N. Hoskins AV, Campbellsville, KY, a total of almost 10,300 people have received training there.
Classes created for displaced workers
Following the Fruit of the Loom closing, CU begin offering classes to several hundred displaced workers, most of whom completed associate and bachelor's degrees within a few years."CU worked closely with local and state officials in the formation of a new economic development agency and helped prepare a strategic plan for community progress," John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president of Campbellsville University, said.
It was a time when intellectual and spiritual leadership blossomed in a time of challenge and fear when unemployment soared to nearly 30 percent. The university stepped in to provide that leadership.
Coupled community/university cooperation led recovery
"In many ways, CU's community service, coupled with close working partnerships with elected officials and civic leaders, helped facilitate the community's economic recovery," Vice President Chowing said.
Working with local, state, and federal officials, Campbellsville University established the Technology Training Center to increase the number of skilled workers for technology driven occupations in the southern region of the state.
It's purpose was to also make available specialized training as needed for area industry, provide continuing education opportunities for a variety of businesses and professions, offer a series of personal enrichment courses, and offer affordable training to businesses and industries in the region.
The groundbreaking for the center was held in February 2000, and staff moved into the new building in the spring of 2002.
Training programs from healthcare to Kids College
Training programs offered have included the following:
in CU's 20 consecutive semesters of record enrollment
Individuals, who have received training at the center, are not included in the 20 consecutive semesters of record enrollment at CU.
Vice President Chowning said these training programs have been paid for by those receiving training and from federal and state grant programs, and plans are in process to expand the variety and number of training courses available.
Carol Sullivan is the director of the TTC and may be reached at (270) 789-5392 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.
This story was posted on 2010-07-28 11:26:08
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